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"Snipers lose when their positions are discovered. First, conceal yourself. Don't continue to fight if your position is known."

Chika Amatori about Snipers, in Tamakoma First.[1]

A Sniper (狙撃手(スナイパー) Sunaipā? , lit. sniper) is a Border agent who specializes in the use of Sniper Triggers.

SpecificsEdit

The Sniper position is one of the 9 official positions available to Border agents, one of the 7 directly involved in combat, and one of the 4 a trainee achieves immediately after reaching B-Rank.[2] Those official agents who have scored the most points (at least 4000)[3] with a Sniper Trigger out of all the Triggers in their set are considered Snipers. C-Ranks trainees wielding Sniper Triggers are not classified as Snipers, since they are not official agents.[4]

OverviewEdit

Snipers specialize in long-ranged combat, utilizing three types of rifles: Eaglet, Ibis and Lightning.[5] The first two in particular can compete with or even surpass Attacker Triggers in power, but their predictable trajectory and the low rate of fire make them unsuitable for repeated shots.[6] Since the long range provides an advantage also to enemies, allowing them to dodge relatively easily once the Sniper's position is discovered, and since Snipers are extremely vulnerable at close range, they have stealth at the core of their fighting style.[7] They generally sneak around the battlefield, constantly hiding their trion signature with Bagworm[8] and looking for high ground to easily take out their targets. When their position is discovered, which, due to the muzzle flash and the sound of the blast, often occurs after they open fire, they have no choice but get away as quickly as they can, finding a new hiding spot. Many Snipers have good trion reserves, since their Triggers require a large amount of it per shot and since they must wear Bagworm at all times in combat situations. Patience, dedication and flexibility are other traits valuable in a Sniper.

In the unit's formation, Snipers are generally at the far back, either assisting their teammates or acting individually to silently and swiftly eliminate the enemies. Since they can reverse the conditions of a unit with a single pull of the trigger, Snipers are considered game changers in Border. Furthermore, a hidden Sniper is a highly valuable ally, because the enemy will be forced to constantly watch out for lines of fire and be unable to access certain areas altogether.

Joint Sniper TrainingEdit

The Sniper position is probably the one that requires the greatest amount of skill, which may be one of the reasons both official Snipers and Snipers in training (C-Rank agents) have daily joint practice sessions to hone their capabilities in multiple areas.

  • Unknown Sniper drill: Snipers fire at dummies located in various points of a city-like environment.[9] The conditions are identical to those of the Radar Search Drill, suggesting they might be the same.
  • Standard Sniping Drill: Participants shoot a 50cm target 100m away. It moves farther away every five shots.[10]
  • Stealth and Target Acquisition Drill: Participants are sent on random positions on a virtual stage and must hide their position while finding other Snipers. Five points are awarded for a hit, two deducted for getting hit. The same target cannot be shot twice. There is no muzzle flash or sound, and Radar cannot be used.[11]
  • Radar Search Drill: Using Radar, agents search out and shoot various targets. Non-designated targets do not count towards their score. When one target is hit, the next immediately comes up. An agent's score is determined by how many targets they shot within the given time.[12]

Drill Scores and RankingsEdit

Unknown Sniper drill:

  • Tōru Narasaka: 1/128[13]
  • Ken Satori: 4/128[13]
  • Chika Amatori: 41/128[13]
  • Izuho Natsume: 112/128[9]

Standard Sniping Drill:

  • Tōru Narasaka: 1/128[14]
  • Chika Amatori: 24/128[14]
  • Izuho Natsume: 47/128[14]
  • Yuzuru Ema: 99/128[15]
  • Isami Tōma: 126/128[15]

Stealth and Target Acquisition Drill:

  • Tōru Narasaka: 1/127 (Points: 188; Kills: 38; Deaths: 1)[16]
  • Ken Satori: 2/127 (Points: 159)[16]
  • Yoshito Hanzaki: 4/127 (Points: 148)[16]
  • Atsushi Hokari: 5/127 (Points: 147; Kills: 31; Deaths: 4)[16]
  • Tetsuji Arafune: 7/127 (Points; 141; Kills: 29; Deaths: 2)[16]
  • Shōhei Kodera: 9/127 (Points: 136)[16]
  • Akane Hiura: 11/127 (Points: 129)[16]
  • Taichi Betsuyaku: 13/127 (Points: 125)[16]
  • Chika Amatori: 19/127 (Points: 104; Kills: 22; Deaths: 3)[17]
  • Yuzuru Ema: 25/127 (Points: 86; Kills: 18; Deaths: 2)[17]
  • Isami Tōma: 51/127 (Points: 60; Kills: 12; Deaths: 0)[17]
  • Izuho Natsume: 64/127 (Points: 47; Kills: 15; Deaths: 14)[17]

Radar Search Drill:

  • Izuho Natsume: 41/135[18]

Solo PointsEdit

Since points fluctuate constantly, most of the following scores are likely to be obsolete.

  • No. 1 Sniper,[19] Isami Tōma: 12042+[20] (Eaglet)
  • No. 2 Sniper,[21] Tōru Narasaka: 8349+[22] (???)
  • Tetsuji Arafune: 8349 (Eaglet)[22]

List of SnipersEdit

Currently there are currently 135 Border agents who specialize in the use of Sniper Triggers, including C-Rank trainees;[23] however, less than 30 of them are official Snipers, and the identity of only 18 of them is known, corresponding to those Snipers who take part in Rank Battles.[2] Mirai Hatohara is a notable former Sniper.[24]

The following Snipers are listed by their unit's ranking at the start of the current season of Rank Battles. When known, their individual ranking in the Sniper class is reported under their name.

Snipers
Toma Bagworm No Pic Infobox Satorianime Narasaka Anime
Isami Tōma
Fuyushima Unit
1st
Hayato Uno
Kusakabe Unit
???
Ken Satori
Arashiyama Unit
???
Tōru Narasaka
Miwa Unit
2nd
Shohei Kodera (anime) 2 No Pic Infobox Yuzuru Ema (anime) Oki (manga)
Shōhei Kodera
Miwa Unit
???
Tōichirō Momozono
Katagiri Unit
???
Yuzuru Ema
Kageura Unit
???
Kōji Oki
Ikoma Unit
???
No Pic Infobox Haruaki Taichi Betsuyaku (anime) Arafuneanime
Kazuto Tonooka
Yuba Unit
???
Haruaki Azuma
Azuma Unit
???
Taichi Betsuyaku
Suzunari First
???
Tetsuji Arafune
Arafune Unit
???
Atsushi Hokari (anime) 2 Yoshito Hanzaki (anime) 2 Episode 43 Akane No Pic Infobox
Atsushi Hokari
Arafune Unit
???
Yoshito Hanzaki
Arafune Unit
???
Akane Hiura
Nasu Unit
???
Yukito Otokawa
Ebina Unit
???
No Pic Infobox Chika
Tokiya Saitō
Tokiwa Unit
???
Chika Amatori
Tamakoma Second
???

TriviaEdit

  • Despite utilizing a Sniper Trigger,[25] Izuho Natsume is not considered a Sniper due to her being a trainee.

ReferencesEdit

  1. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 53, p. 9
  2. 2.0 2.1 World Trigger Manga - Border Briefing File
  3. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 33, p. 8
  4. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 6, p. 5
  5. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 34, p. 12-13
  6. World Trigger Manga - Border Briefing File, p. 218-219
  7. World Trigger Manga - Border Briefing File, p. 210
  8. World Trigger Manga - Border Briefing File, p. 222
  9. 9.0 9.1 World Trigger Manga - Chapter 42, p. 14
  10. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 107, p. 15-16
  11. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 118, p. 10-11
  12. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 163, p. 2
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 World Trigger Manga - Chapter 42, p. 15
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 World Trigger Manga - Chapter 107, p. 17
  15. 15.0 15.1 World Trigger Manga - Chapter 108, p. 1
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 World Trigger Manga - Chapter 118, p. 15
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 World Trigger Manga - Chapter 118, p. 14
  18. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 163, p. 3
  19. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 24, p. 2
  20. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 93, p. 19
  21. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 27, p. 4
  22. 22.0 22.1 World Trigger Manga - Chapter 89, p. 18
  23. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 163, p. 03
  24. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 106, p. 6
  25. World Trigger Manga - Chapter 52, p. 9